On View
Slavery and Freedom Gallery
Slavery and Freedom
Created by
19th century
wood, leather, hide and metal
H x W x D: 38 3/4 × 15 × 15 in., 28 lb. (98.4 × 38.1 × 38.1 cm, 12.7 kg)
Diameter: 14 15/16 in. (38 cm)
A wooden drum covered with stretched leather hide that has been attached to drum body with nine wooden pegs. Two carved, anthropomorphized face motifs are on opposite sides of the upper half of the drum body. The edges of face motifs have been sealed with a darker adhesive material. There are three bands running the circumference of the drum. The top band closest to the drum head, is stained darker than the rest of the drum body. There is a carved piece that extends from the darker band. It has a round drill hole that had been threaded through with a leather thong. This piece has been stained the same color as the bank. The middle band is directly below the top band and above the face motifs. It is the same color as the rest of the body. The bottom band is a carved triangular pattern between two parallel lines. The bottom band is located near the base of the drum, above a piece of hide wrapped and tied around the very bottom of the drum body. There is a nail visible in drum body interior.
Place collected
Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States, Lowcountry, North and Central America
Cultural Place
United States, Sea Islands, North and Central America
West Africa, Africa
Central Africa, Africa
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Musical Instruments
drums (membranophones)
African diaspora
American South
Associations and institutions
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.

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